LTE eSIM service in the US will be provided by French company Transatel, with several plans available: You can buy 200MB for one day ($4.99), 1GB for 15 days ($13.99), and 3GB for 30 days ($29.99). The Apple iPad Pro also has an eSIM, but, unlike the Surface Pro’s, it works with all four major US carriers and most international carriers.
The design of the LTE version remains the same as the non-LTE model, but the internal components we’re testing this time around are different. The $2,199 Surface Pro we reviewed last year packed a Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD, while the model we’re testing here is configured with a Core i5-7300U, 8GB of memory, and a 256GB SSD and rings up at a more modest $1,449. There’s only one other configuration of the LTE version available: a base model with a 128GB SSD and 4GB of memory for $1,149. There’s a much wider range of options for the non-LTE Surface Pro, starting at $799 for the base model all the way up to a $2,699 top-of-the-line version. As with the non-LTE Surface Pro, the Signature Type Cover ($159.99) and Surface Pen ($99.99) are sold separately.
Keep Computing, Anywhere
This Surface Pro supports connectivity on 20 LTE bands, for service in nearly any country. Combine that with dual-band Wi-Fi, and the Surface Pro’s ability to seamlessly switch between the two when you move out of range or your connection drops.
I didn’t get to take the Surface Pro country hopping, but I did put the LTE connection through its paces in PC Labs and throughout New York city, using both T-Mobile and Verizon SIM cards. When disconnected from Wi-Fi, the Surface Pro immediately switched over to cellular data without a hitch. Just like with a smartphone, speeds are connection-dependent. My desk has weak connectivity, but the same is true for my Galaxy Note 8.